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    September 8, 2010
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koran controversy. despite widespread condemnation, a florida preacher says he will go ahead with his plan to burn copies of the muslim holey book. security scare. a bomb threat found on a flight from thailand to los angeles. and state of emergency. to relief in sight as a wildfire rages out of control in colorado destroying dozens of homes. this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, september 8, 2010. good morning, everybody. good to see you. it is wednesday morning. you tend to forget with you move through the week like this. i'm terrell brown in for betty nguyen. that florida preacher who plans to burn the koran will not back down. they are condemning the plan by reverend jones, but jones says he's trying to send a message to
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radical islam. tara mergener is in washington with the latest on that. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. jones believes radical islam could take over america and says burning the koran is a warning. secretary of state hillary clinton is just the latest official to lash out at pastor terry jones. >> i am heartened by the clear unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act. >> reporter: the florida preacher has sparked worldwide controversy over his plans to publicly burn the koran, the muslim holy book, on september 11th. >> we're dealing with the radical islam they have no problem burning the floog, burning the bible. >> reporter: outrage has already erupted in afghanistan and the top u.s. military general in the country, general david petraeus, fears american soldiers will end up paying the price. still, jones doesn't believe he should be held accountable. >> we're not pulling the
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trigger. we're not the one doing it. i think the finger should be pointed at them. >> reporter: here in washington religious leaders have all pressured jones to back off and called for an end to what they say is a growing anti-muslim sentiment across america. >> i say, you bring dishonor to the name of jooesz jesus christ. >> reporter: despite the sharp criticism and more than 100 death threats, jones insists he'll go ahead with his plans, though he continues to pray about his final decision. >> the only thing that could cause us to change our mind is if we felt really a deep conviction. we felt like god really wanted us not to do it. >> reporter: gut tbut the gover is holding out hope between now and saturday americans will stand up and condemn the church's plan. and jones has faced controversy before. he left a church in germany after allegations he was mishandling money. back to you. >> tara mergener in washington
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for us this morning. thank you. a thai airways threat is on the ground in los angeles. flight 7 94 from bangkok landed last night. it was taken to a remote part of los angeles international airport. the airline says the bomb threat written if flawed english was found taped to a bathroom mirror. the fbi says no evidence of an explosive device was found and there have no been arrests. also in los angeles, 22 people were arrested during a second straight night of protests against a police shooting. demonstrators were protesting saturday's fatal shooting of a guatemalan immigrant waving a knife. the wildfire in colorado. strong winds are blowing the fire through three canyons north of boulder. it could be days before fire crews are able to gain control. kendis gibson reports.
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>> reporter: ten air tankers dropped retardant from above. >> first of all, pray for rain. that would be helpful, okay? what it's going to take, hopefully, is higher humidities and calmer winds and a very large effort. >> reporter: the flames have burned dozens of homes in the boulder foothills. >> came up and over the ridge. took out the house on top of the ridge. took out that house next to us. and then ours was third to go. >> from here to those trees, a wall of fire. the most amazing thing i've ever heard. >> reporter: more than 1,000 people have evacuated though a dozen refuse to leave. the fire started monday, possibly when a car crashed into a propane tank and exploded. in less than 36 hours this has become the worst fire in boulder in more than two decades. fire crews from neighboring states are coming here helping more manpower will help this from getting any bigger.
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the fire is already taking a toll on some firefighters. >> at least nine firefighters, while actively fighting the fire, lost their homes. and that's a testament to the commitment and the bravery and the dedication of the folks. >> reporter: so far, there are no injuries or deaths. the governor has declared a state of emergency and put up $5 million to help fight the fire. kendis gibson, cbs news, boulder, colorado. high winds are also fanning fires in detroit. at least two dozen homes have burned in three neighborhoods. and power is out to more than 100,000 michigan homes and businesses. fire officials say the fires may have started when a tree limb fell on some power lines. president obama heads to cleveland today to talk taxes and the economy. yesterday the president announced a $50 billion transportation spending plan. today he'll propose $200 billion in tax cuts for businesses. but the president continues to oppose an extension of the bush administration tax breaks for the upper income americans.
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>> we should and must pass legislation that extends the tax cuts for middle class families, but we cannot afford, in this environment, to, in our budgetary and fiscal environment, to extend the tax cuts for those that make more than $250,000 a year. >> congressional republicans want to extend the high income tax cut breaks and they continue to oppose the president's spending plans. in iraq the military reported the first americans killed in action since combat operations officially ended there. officials say an iraqi soldier open fire on u.s. troops at a base north of baghdad yesterday. two of the americans died, nine others were wounded. the gunman was shot and killed. flood victims in pakistan are getting a celebrity visit today. anna jolie will arrive yesterday. record floods have destroyed more than one-fifth of their
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territory. more than 6 million are homeless. on the "cbs moneywatch" this morning, a rough day for stocks in asia. peggy is here in new york with more on that. good morning to you. >> good morning to you. boy, did you say they're certainly having a tough start? asian markets were down amid concerns about europe's debt crisis. japan's nikkei gave back over 2%. hong kong's hang seng lost nearly 1.5%. today wall street will get news on the job market and the fed's latest take on the economy. on tuesday, stocks finished lower after a light day of trading. the dow dipped 107 points. the nasdaq gave back 24. the small investor exodus from wall street continues for a 17th straight week. americans have pulled money out of mutual funds in search of a safer investment. on tuesday, the head of the s.e.c. said the so-called flash crash in may when the dow dropped nearly 8,000 points in less than half an hour, still has investors spooked. in response to that incident, regulators have put a pilot program into effect that briefly
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halts the trading of stocks that made wild swings. the average employee contribution for family coverage climbed almost 14% this year to an average of nearly $4,000 as businesses try to ride out the economic downturn. companies that offer benefits still pay about 70% of the total premium. and google is holding a press conference today that has the tech world guessing. it's not clear what they'll be announcing but some think it might have to do with the new google doodle they had on their home page on tuesday. now, this is the dots that formed and then scattered when touched by the mouse. i have to say, after a while, that just got a little annoying. i think i'm not the only one that thought that either. >> a lot of people that have said that. i think they're messing with us. they'll probably sitting back saying, sucker. >> bring back the pac-man. i like that. just ahead on the morning news -- chicago mayor richard daley calls it quick.
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ban on government stem cell research funding. the ruling yesterday rejected a justice department request to delay the earlier ordered that could shut down human embryonic stem cell research. the obama administration said it would set back key research and cost more than 1,000 jobs. steven slater will undergo a mental evaluation. he had an angry exchange with a passenger last month. he went to court tuesday on a criminal hearing -- criminal mischief hearing. a plea bargain may help him avoid jail time. >> we'll continue to discuss those matters to favorably resolve this matter for mr. slater. >> after his mental evaluation, slater might qualify for an alternative sentencing program that would let him perform community service. he's due back if court next month. and a new study reveals that women think good dancing by men
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is a good thing. researchers in britain used 3d motion to test dancing. women most likely like varied motions of the neck and trunk. we'll dance on to break. straight ahead, your wednesday morning weather. in sports, the top seed at the u.s. open showing off in late night action. [ female announcer ] stay once... stay twice... earn a free night! two separate stays at comfort inn or any of these choice hotels can earn you a free night -- only when you book at choicehotels.com. i love running my tongue across my teeth and feeling all the stuff i missed. [ male announcer ] no one really wants plaque left on their teeth, done. [ male announcer ] but ordinary manual brushes
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. partly cloudy, 88 degrees in new york. sunny, 73 in chicago. sunny, 82, denver. los angeles, partly cloudy and 71 degrees. time now for a check of the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows clear skies over the northern plains with scattered showers over the northwest. later today, muggy and warm conditions will remain over the southeast. heavy rains move into the central plains and some thunderstorms are possible. and the northeast. in sports this morning, rafael nadal and venus williams advance after the u.s. open. top seed, nadal beat feliciano lopez, and williams is headed to the semifinals to take on kim
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clijsters. in baseball, philadelphia took over first place in the national league east. the phillies hit a tie-breaking single here, eighth inning against the marlins. philadelphia beat florida 8-7 to go up a half game on atlanta. and san diego, adrian gonzalez doubled against the dodgers and gave the first place paid drays wh padres what they needed. 2005 heisman trophy winner reggie bush may be stripped of that award. he's been declared ineligible for the season because of illegal gifts he took from two sports marketers. bush would be the first heisman winner to have that taken away. when we return, after nine years of 9/11, there's finally major progress to be seen at ground zero. [ female announcer ] fiber has never looked better.
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on the "cbs morning news," here's a look although today's weather. flooding continues to spread into the southern plains as tropical depression hermine moves inland. warm and humid air will break down and scattered showers will cover the northwest. here's another look at this morning's top stories. an out of control wildfire burning north of boulder, colorado, has destroyed 92 buildings, including 53 homes. officials believer the fire started when a car crashed into a propane tank. and government and religious leaders have condemned the plan by a religious leader to burn copies of the koran on the anniversary of 9/11. now to the controversy over the islamic community center,
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planned for lower manhattan near the world trade center. an opinion article in today's "new york times," the muslim imam spearheading the project faisal rauf says it will be built. he describes the center not as a mosque but as a, quote, center for unification and healing. rauf says it will have prayer spaces for muslim, christians, jews and other faiths and will include a multi-faith memorial dedicated to victims of the 9/11 attacks. construction of that islam center has not begun but as jim axelrod reports, almost nine years after 9/11, rebuilding at ground zero is advancing rapidly. they lowered a 70-foot cloum into ground zero, two tridents as their known. and now they're back at part of a memorial. >> as i look at ground zero today, i think we finally are seeing progress. >> reporter: days before the
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anniversary of 9/11, they're seeing what they've been aching for at ground zero -- progress. >> not something as complex financially, given the world has changed since 9/11 and as complex from an engineering point of view. >> reporter: 2,000 construction workers are on the job seven days a week. the freedom tower is now 36 stories high, on its way to 105. one new story is said to be added each week. 80% of what will be the largest manmade waterfall in the country is finisheded. a few days ago the first 16 of 400 trooetd trees were planted. the man in charge of the memorial promises it will be done for next year's anniversary. >> a bunch of people's jobs are on the line, including my own. everything there happen to get it done and i truly believe on the 10th we'll open this
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memorial. >> reporter: the ee possession ti emotion tied to this piece of land guarantees it will always be more than just a construction job and explains why to so many, construction has taken too long. >> fundamentally the site is disgraced the memory of those who perished there. >> reporter: because of how long it's taken? >> because of confidence that's been exhibited in the entire rebuilding process. >> reporter: nine years later, the grief remains raw for the survivors of those killed on 9/11. even while the rebuilding here is now easier to see than ever before. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. and this morning on "the early show," that florida preacher who's threatening to burn the koran, despite condemnation from almost every corner, will talk about it. i'm terrell brown. this is the "cbs morning news." no oil has flowed into the gulf for weeks, but it's just the beginning of our work.
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i'm iris cross. bp has taken full responsibility for the clean up in the gulf and that includes keeping you informed. my job is to listen to the shrimpers and fishermen, hotel and restaurant workers and find ways to help. that means working with communities. we have 19 centers in 4 states. we've made over 120,000 claims payments, more than $375 million. we've committed $20 billion to an independent claims fund to cover lost income until people impacted can get back to work. we'll keep looking for oil, cleaning it up if we find it and restoring the gulf coast. i was born in new orleans. my family still lives here. bp is gonna be here until the oil is gone and the people and businesses are back to normal... until we make this right.
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good morning. federal investigators are looking for the person who wrote a bomb threat found on a thai airways jet. the plane carrying 200 passengers landed safely at los angeles international airport last night. passengers and luggage were screened, but no bomb was found. police say they found the body of a man who innocent to the water two weeks ago in ocean city, maryland after life guards went off duty.
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he never resurfaced. they believe winds from hurricane earl may have contributed to the drowning. maybe some traces of hermine coming our way. >> maybe by sunday we will get a little moisture here. north texas in to parts of oklahoma, as well. we are watching a front that is bringing showers to west virginia, pennsylvania, trying to get toward the metro. i think a lot of this is heading to harrisonburg and charlottesville and south of us. gust we winds and he humidity levels. radar echos toward harrisonburg and luray, new market, light showers if they hold together but the front is coming through. they are in the 70s. petersburg 82 in west virginia. an 78 here in washington and
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winchester. 72 manassas and frederick and 78 in fredericksburg. warm start to the day. 80ish by 9:00. more sun this afternoon. highs around 90 but the winds are gusty and if you do any open burning we may see a red flag warning going up near us. we have one in philadelphia, northern delaware this morning. >> we survived the terrible tuesday and we are back for wonderful wednesday. hope you are off to a great start, folks. 410 and the bw parkway, drivers are losing lanes. use caution. outer loop, everything is good from t 5 to 270. and virginia, 66, you are incidents or accidents free from manassas to inside the beltway. back to andrea. this morning the man accused of shooting his exgirlfriend in bethesda is in police custody in pennsylvania. two montgomery county schools went on lockdown and code blue
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because they were so close to the shooting and as bruce leshan reports, joshua prince allegedly lay in wait for the woman in his hospital scrubs. >> the police account suggests that joshua prince was stalking his ex-g.i. he was up here and he knew her schedule. she was down there, getting in her car to go to work when he fired at least one shot an missed. neighbors say they were shouting, a lott loud bang and then silence. the woman ran for her life, slamming on doors until someone lot her in. >> someone let her in and it could have saved her life. >> reporter: they spent hours surgerying for prince before deciding he probably cleared out before they got there. >> i walked outside to see what was going on and police officers were armed with big rifles. little frightening. >> reporter: what did they say? >> ma'am, get in your apartment
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so i listened. i went back inside and told the kids what was going on. they were frightened. >> reporter: the doors at this schools were locked an heavily armed officers hunted for the shooter. >> were you worried about her? >> no. the school took care of it. >> reporter: little scary. >> the judge granted this woman a protective order against her exboyfriend a few days ago. shall not abuse, shall not contact, shall not enter residence. he was due in court tomorrow on a hearing to extend it. in north bethesda, bruce leshan, 9 news now. from the first local station with news in high definition, this is 9 news now. good morning. welcome to 9 news now. today is wednesday, september 8th. i'm andrea roane. angie goff will have the traffic in a moment. she says

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